RAINDROPS have no CHOICE where they land.
Did you know that two drops of rain, FALLING TOGETHER, can be SEPARATED by 3000 MILES? It is true. Here is just one example: the wind determines the fate of raindrops which fall on the roof of a building in USA. Drops which fall onto one side of the roof flow into Lake Eerie, thence into the St Lawrence River and on into the Atlantic Ocean. Drops which fall on the other side of the roof trickle from rivulet to river, to the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and into the Gulf of Mexico. The two drops are then 3000 miles apart!
We are faced with choices every day. Not all choices will change our destiny, but many will. Many will have very serious consequences, but we are thankful to have the right to choose.
There is little doubt that the choices we make in life have a huge bearing on the quality of life that follows. We think of choices that led to a bad marriage, drug addiction, alcoholic addition, ill health, crime etc. We think of lost opportunities through bad decisions. We think of decisions to choose the wrong friends, to “go with the crowd” or to give in to peer pressure and do the wrong thing. We’ve all made wrong decisions. Thankfully, we can also remember RIGHT decisions which also have the capacity to change the quality of our lives.
At this time of the year, as we approach the time we remember Christ’s death and resurrection in a special way, we are caused to consider three questions . . .
Q.1. WHY did Jesus come to earth?
Jesus was born to die.
Mark 10:45 The Son of Man came . . . To GIVE HIS LIFE a ransom for many
Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man is come to seek and to SAVE the lost
Q.2. WHY did He suffer such a degrading death?
All mankind was in a hopeless condition. They were under the control of the prince of this world, the devil. They were all guilty, condemned, without excuse, having no hope and completely unable to do anything to escape their helpless condition. (read Ephesians 2:1-3)
The ONLY way that mankind could be redeemed was by the offering of a SINLESS, PERFECT sacrifice, but ALL humanity was sinful. Jesus, born of a woman, was conceived by Holy Spirit God, and therefore did not inherit a sinful nature from Adam. Jesus was SINLESS and PERFECT. As such, He could fully represent God and also fully represent humanity.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin, to be sin for us,
so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him
So Christ was ONCE offered to bear the sins of many
1 Peter 2:24
Jesus Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree
1 Corinthians 15:3
Christ died for our sins.
1 Peter 3:18
For Christ suffered ONCE for sins:
the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.
Without shedding of blood there is no remission
Jesus . . . The express image of the person of God . . . When He had, by Himself, purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
1 John 1:7
The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin
Q.3. WHY was He was raised from the dead?
The fact that God raised Jesus from the dead proves that His sacrifice on our behalf was acceptable to God and fulfilled the demands of justice. The Just had died for the unjust, bearing their sins and their punishment and making it possible for them to be reconciled with God.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, so we also can rise from the dead – rise spiritually to new life in Christ, and rise physically to life with Him in the home He has prepared for us with Him in heaven.
Jesus came to seek and to save. He came to give His life a ransom for many. He came to pay the penalty for my sin (and your sin).
John 14:6 Jesus said
“I AM THE WAY, the Truth and the Life.
No one comes to the Father EXCEPT THROUGH ME.
No matter what choices and decisions face us through life; no matter how BIG those decisions might be, the BIGGEST decision of our whole life will be/has been the answer to the question: “What have you done with Jesus Christ?”
That decision – the decision to accept or reject Christ (and there is no neutral) – means a separation of not just 3000 miles, but a separation for all eternity and that separation is the difference between eternal joy and eternal torment.
Choose you this day whom you will serve
It is appointed unto men to die, and after death is the judgement
How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?
When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.
If you decide not to decide, you have already decided